Blogging: Hazardous To Your Job?
By Melissa Miller, Ed.D., M.Ed.
Recently, Central Bucks East High School English teacher Natalie Munroe made headlines and the national news with her blog. Ms. Munroe has a blog in which she wrote about, among other things, her frustrations about her students. In a nutshell, the controversy is that Ms. Munroe made comments some feel were inappropriate for a teacher to be writing about her students (none were named specifically).
After reading several news stories as well as Ms. Munroe’s blog, I tried to see both points of view. I believe Ms. Munroe was writing a humorous personal blog to be shared among friends (it is not a professional or sponsored blog). I think the tone of snarky sarcasm about some students was the result of frustration, yet probably cathartic. Was it harmless? Obviously not. I asked myself, how would I feel if my daughter was in Ms. Munroe’s class? I wouldn’t really be surprised that she felt this way about some of her students, but I wouldn’t appreciate her writing about it. It calls in to question the professionalism of this teacher. I think that is the key here. We have all told tales out of school
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